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Saturday, February 17, 2018

BWW Review: Peyton Lusk is a Charmer as Jule Styne's BAR MITZVAH BOY by Michael Dale

With a name like BAR MITZVAH BOY, it should be no surprise that the current musical at the York is a coming of age story. What is surprising is that the composer of this intimate piece is Ju…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BWW Review: In IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, What Doesn't Kill Eve Ensler Only Becomes The Subject of Her New Solo Play by Michael Dale

Do you have any idea who I am, Eve Ensler asks the doctor who suggests radiation treatment of her vagina to prevent the resurgence of her cancer. Do you have any fucking sense of irony

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Monday, February 12, 2018

BWW Review: Martin McDonagh's Darkly Comic HANGMEN is Enjoyably Discomforting by Michael Dale

It might be easier to pity the hardworking gentleman at the core of Martin McDonagh's new darkly comic drama, who loses his job when his employer eliminates his position, if it weren't for t…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

BWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and Songs by Michael Dale

When the subject of New York City Center Encores comes up among musical theatre enthusiasts, the conversation almost invariably steers to what shows they should be presenting in their series…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BWW Review: #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR by Michael Dale

In the second act of Terrence McNally's fact-based drama, Fire and Air, the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev privately examines the technique of a young dancer he may consider as …

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BWW Review: #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrance McNally's FIRE AND AIR by Michael Dale

In the second act of Terrance McNally's fact-based drama, Fire and Air, the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev privately examines the technique of a young dancer he may consider as …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BWW Review: Anna Chlumsky Paints The Town Red in Greg Pierce's CARDINAL by Michael Dale

In last season's GROUNDHOG DAY, the exceedingly charismatic Andy Karl was given the unenviable task of playing out a romantic comedy as a thoroughly despicable character. Now, in Greg Pierce…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

BWW Review: Ngozi Anyanwu's THE HOMECOMING QUEEN Considers The Boundaries of Self-Reinvention by Michael Dale

Sentimental stories of adults returning to their childhood homes to face the demons of the past after achieving success far, far away are a staple of popular entertainment, and though Ngozi …

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

BWW Review: Stephanie Umoh is Thrilling In York Theatre's HALLELUJAH, BABY! by Michael Dale

Audiences and critics alike swooned over relatively unknown Leslie Uggams when she made her Broadway debut starring in Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Arthur Laurentsand Jule Styne's progressive…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

BWW Review: The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY Salutes The Understated Heroism of Public School Teachers by Michael Dale

With the past year bringing in a new administration with a new Secretary of Education, the national awareness of how overworked, undercompensated and financially burdened America's public sc…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

BWW Review: Casual Sex Meets Edwardian Morals in Stanley Houghton's HINDLE WAKES by Michael Dale

All too often, the word dated is misguidedly used to diminish the impact a play of a bygone era can have on contemporary audiences. Take, for example, the puritanical attitude towards pre…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) by Michael Dale

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and the…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BWW Review: Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling Friendship by Michael Dale

Fear not, all you American playgoers whose comprehension skills usually require a few minutes of ear adjustment whenever a production from Britain or Ireland crosses over with its native cas…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

BWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEART by Michael Dale

'So what the hell is this,' John Lithgow quizzically quips to the audience at the outset of his Broadway solo stint.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be by Michael Dale

Savvy playgoers attending British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME at this year's Under The Radar Festival will notice that when a recording of Michael Douglas, playing Broadway di…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BWW Review: Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND by Michael Dale

That old adage that if men got pregnant, abortion and reproductive health would be fully funded by the federal government gets quite a workout in playwrightdirector Robert O'Hara's wild gend…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

BWW Review: Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC by Michael Dale

Be careful about expressing your admiration for certain artists during Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's hard-edged solo play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC. Though the audience is encouraged to eng…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BWW Review: NYGASP Delights Aboard Gilbert & Sullivan's Love Boat, H.M.S. PINAFORE by Michael Dale

Ninety-nine years before television producer Aaron Spelling first invited viewers aboard 'The Love Boat,' Gilbert and Sullivan made good on their promise of shipboard romance with their endu…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

BWW Review: Robert Fairchild Brings Captivating Dramatic Beauty To MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN by Michael Dale

Boris Karloff... Peter Boyle... Shuler Hensley... and Robert Fairchild. One of these things is not like the others.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

BWW Review: Fiasco Brings A Rousing TWELFTH NIGHT To CSC by Michael Dale

Sure, HAMLET may be William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpiece, but when pining for some romantic comedy, it's hard to beat Twelfth Night.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

BWW Review: Mark Rylance Returns To Broadway in Unamplified and Candlelit FARINELLI AND THE KING by Michael Dale

Fans of trained actors filling Broadway houses with the richness of their unamplified voices not to mention those who believe electric lights are overrated have reason to rejoice. Shakespea…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Recreates Charles Dickens' Readings Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Landmark Merchant's House Museum by Michael Dale

It may not be as well-known a holiday tradition as seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, but for the fifth straight year, the Summoners Ensemble Theatre's delightful presentation of…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BWW Review: Lucy Kirkwood's Thoughtful THE CHILDREN Considers What Older Generations Owe To Younger Ones by Michael Dale

When you consider the number of years that humans have been the dominant species on this planet, it was a comparatively quick burst of industrialization that set up the very real dilemma of …

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BWW Review: A 1976 Attack in Washington Square Park Inspires DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT by Michael Dale

Despite its provocative title, and despite a game effort by director Scott Elliott's ensemble cast, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's fact-inspired drama DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT, is a bit of a bore.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BWW Review: The Public Theater's Mobile Unit Offers A Free THE WINTER'S TALE by Michael Dale

Before every performance by The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, the audience is reminded of Joseph Papp's credo that the plays of William Shakespeare belong to everyone. The theatre pioneer cr…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BWW Review: Tina Landau Spins Seaweed Into Gold With SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS by Michael Dale

Feel free to lavish director Tina Landau with a flood of praise for spinning seaweed into gold with SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, the hyperactive new musical based on the long-running Nickelodeon a…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BWW Review: Michael Arden Stages ONCE ON THIS ISLAND With a Nod To The Dangers of Climate Change by Michael Dale

While there's nary a mention of global warming or human-made climate change in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens', captivating and joyous Caribbean story-theatre musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, …

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

BWW Review: Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAY by Michael Dale

Don't be fooled. That familiar-sounding melody played at the top of Matthew Lombardo's hilariously subversive WHO'S HOLIDAY is not Welcome Christmas, the joyous chorale from the beloved t…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

BWW Review: Beau Willimon's THE PARISIAN WOMAN Has Uma Thurman Seeking Pleasure and Power in Trump's Washington by Michael Dale

Donald Trump hadn't even won his first Republican primary when Henri Becque's comedy of sexual liberation, LA PARISIENNE, created such an uproar at it's 1895 Paris premiere. But while the c…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

BWW Review: Steve Martin's Hilarious METEOR SHOWER is Undiluted Surrealist Vaudeville by Michael Dale

They say communication is the key to a successful relationship. They also say there's such a thing as overdoing it.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn Home by Michael Dale

For over a decade, the unquestionably brilliant directorchoreographer Austin McCormick's Company XIV has been dazzling audiences with unexpected wonders.

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